Ryan Adler '09 has been selected as one of eight finalists for the Hockey Humanitarian Award, presented annually to college hockey's finest citizen. He is the first Hobart player to earn this distinction.
“The award speaks volumes of Ryan and is definitely great for the image of the program, team and sport,” said Head Coach Mark Taylor. “However, to me this award is most important because it creates a ripple effect on others to step forward and do for others.”
A defenseman from Piscataway, N.J., Adler has proved to be a leader both on and off the ice. He spearheaded the development of Hobart Hockey Helpers, giving the team an opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community. Committed to making as great an impact as possible, Alder went on to partner HHH with the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization that aids military service veterans and their families in the transition back to civilian life.
On the ice, Adler leads one of the stingiest defenses in the nation. Hobart currently ranks 12th in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 2.33 goals per game. Now in his third season with the Statesmen, Adler has played in 67 of a possible 72 games, notching eight goals and 18 assists along the way. This winter, he ranks seventh on the team in points with 11 (3 goals-8 assists).
The finalists will be interviewed by the selection committee, and the 13th Hockey Humanitarian recipient will be announced on Friday, April 11, in a ceremony during the 2008 NCAA Frozen Four at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.
For details on the award, visit hockeyhumanitarian.